Dodgers pop the clutch tonight in Frisco with 5 to 3 win.
Manny Ramirez doubled three times, the last to set the table for the go ahead runs in the ninth inning of a game that was tied at 3-3. Andre Ethier came up and had a ten pitch at bat, finally doubling Ramirez in to make it 4 to 3. Matt Kemp then tripled in Ethier, and the Dodgers would end up winning 5 to 3 as lefty Will Ohman retired the Giants one, two , three in the bottom of the ninth. Chad Billingsley would have recorded his fifth win in the month of April, the most since Kaz Ishii in 2001 and before that Orel Hersheiser in 1988, were it not for Jonathan Broxton walking in the tying run in the eighth inning. Broxton was asked to make a five out save again as Joe Torre simply has no 8th inning bridge in the bullpen until Hong Chi Kuo irons out his problems. Overall, Bills didn't have his best stuff but gutted it out for a ND.
There were a myriad of plays in this game, from wonderful to awful. The most memorable, however, was clearly the relay off the wall from Kemp to Furcal gunning down Randy Wynn at the plate trying to score under Martin's glove. Replays seem to indicate that Wynn got his hand under the tag, but hey who gives a shit? The Dodgers came up with numerous big clutch plays tonight to counter their inability to cash in runs off of their 8 or more walks. This was a big win, keeps them at .500 on the road trip and they absolutely needed it as they face the best pitcher perhaps in baseball tomorrow night in Tim Lincecum.
The difference in the game tonight? Why, Manny Ramirez of course.